Mount Hamiguitan

Photo provided by Boj Capati

The Mount Hamiguitan Range Wildlife Sanctuary is a diverse mountain ecosystem with a high number of endemic plant and animal species.

The area lies in the south of Mindanao Island. It is a representation of the Philippines biodiversity hotspot.

The mountain range is home to a number of globally threatened and endemic species, such as the critically endangered Philippine Eagle and the tropical pitcher plant Nepenthes hamiguitanensis.

Mount Hamiguitan is a stratovolcano with an height of 1,620 metres. At its topmost it is covered by a unique 'pygmy' or 'bonsai' forest layer.


Community Reviews

Boj - September 2012

In, 2010, Mt. Hamiguitan was closed to visitors in preparation for its bid to UNESCO World Heritage inscription. During a recent hike (July 2012), the protected area has shown positive signs of recovery. The mountain is indeed a biodiversity/endemism hotspot; its bonsai forest is just one of the many outstanding features of the property.

Also worth noting is the tireless and collective efforts of the concerned local government units in ensuring the protection of the park. Such a practice is rare in the country and very inspiring.

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Site Info

Full name: Mount Hamiguitan Range Wildlife Sanctuary

Site History

  • 2014 - Inscribed

    Reasons for inscription
  • 2013 - Referred

  • 2013 - Advisory Body overruled

    Deferral was proposed
  • 2012 - Incomplete - not examined

  • 2012 - Revision

    Includes part of former TWHS Mount Apo and Mount Hamiguitan: Sanctuaries of Endemism in Mindanao (2008)
  • 2010 - Incomplete - not examined

    As part of former TWHS Mount Apo and Mount Hamiguitan: Sanctuaries of Endemism in Mindanao


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